Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Masunaga - Week 7

After 9/11 and the sudden priority by the State Department, NIS, etc. to deport non citizen criminals back to their home country, many Southeast Asian communities fell under such scrutiny.  In class we learned primarily about Cambodian Deportees, convicted of felonies and served their time, such individuals were still targeted to be send back.  Many of these individuals are refugees who escape the Khmer Rouge and were very young when they entered the US.  Cases are not taken on a case-by-case basis anymore, so little can be done through the law inorder to end indefinite detention prior to deportation. Also, many crimes that are classified as felonies, there is still a substantial about of grey area.  What is the most problematic is that even though the individuals being deported have served their time in prison, they are still sent back.  It is a punishment on top of a punishment.  It is unfair for the government to take such action against these permanent alien residents who upon their arrival to the US, there was little to no services to help them gain citizenship. Many did not even know they were not full citizens of the US.  With the current immigration reform going through the federal legislature today, I think that deportation will slow because if there is a chance for people to have path to citizenship, it is unwise to spend more money to send people away.  

One question that is concerning is with the exportation of criminal to foreign countries, leads to international criminal networks and the expansion of crime across sea. What does that mean for the state of security in the US? And also does such deportations lead to more sophisticated criminal activities that could be harder to prosecuted and difficult to detect?

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